Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States take home approximately $16.01 per hour on average. In the world of Ophthalmic Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $25K and $48K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up the vast majority of Ophthalmic Technicians (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Although the larger part have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,262 - $53,597
(Median)
$27K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,444
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$11.61 - $21.90
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,262 - $53,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
Profit Sharing
$61.28 - $4,894  
Commission
$3,250  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,529 - $47,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $21.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28  
Overtime
$14.24 - $31.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,231  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$61.28 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,529 - $47,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

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Ophthalmic Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Optometrist. The average Optometrist brings home $95K per year. It is not uncommon for an Ophthalmic Technician to continue on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Survey results imply that Ophthalmic Technicians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis, Refraction, and Medicine / Surgery are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Patient Counseling and refracting. Most people skilled in Electronic Medical Records are similarly competent in Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Ophthalmic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,095

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Ophthalmic Technicians in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Ophthalmic Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), Portland (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+19 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average.

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries

Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)
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Refractometry
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Patient Education
0%

Medical Photography
0%

National Average
$34,000

Medical Terminology
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refracting
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Patient Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 41%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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